An empirical study of manufacturing flexibility of exporting firms in China: how do strategic and organizational contexts matter?

Li, Ling-yee and Ogunmokun, Gabriel O. (2008) An empirical study of manufacturing flexibility of exporting firms in China: how do strategic and organizational contexts matter? Industrial Marketing Management, 37 (6). pp. 738-751. ISSN 0019-8501

Abstract

Using evidence from exporting firms in China, this research aims to determine the conditions that foster manufacturing flexibility and the way in which firms support it. The contingency perspective and the competence and capability theory are utilized to develop a framework to enhance the knowledge of internal competence, external flexibility, and manufacturing performance, and the understanding of the moderating roles of strategic and organizational choice on the competence–flexibility and flexibility–performance relationships. Empirical evidence from a sample of 222 export product/market ventures confirmed the main effect that manufacturing, assembly outsourcing, and marketing competencies support a firm's manufacturing flexibility and in turn enhance manufacturing performance. Several notable moderating effects were also identified. Although a strategic emphasis on low-cost manufacturing and long-term contracting weakens a firm's transformation of core competencies into flexible capabilities, specific organizational choices regarding private ownership and direct exporting strengthen the conversion of manufacturing flexibility to superior manufacturing performance.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy (Elsevier)
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2012 10:30
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2013 02:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: flexibility; competence and capability theory; contingency perspective; firm performance
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140209 Industry Economics and Industrial Organisation
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150313 Quality Management
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910402 Management
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.indmarman.2007.05.007
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20732

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